Oct 19, 11
If you own or manage a business of any sort, it is likely required that you invest in exit lights, safety lights, and emergency signage. While no business owner wants to think his or her business might suffer a fire or other emergency, it is important to prepare for that contingency anyway. Insurance companies demand it, and most local fire codes make it a requirement. Most importantly, however, proper emergency lighting is for the safety of your business, customers, and suppliers. The last thing you want is for a simple lack of signage or emergency lighting to lead to a tragic accident.
Exit lights, safety lights, and emergency signage come in many forms. They range from simple illuminated signs that indicate where an emergency exit exists to multi-head, interconnected halogen emergency lights. While exit signs are available in many forms with various features, at the least businesses need signs that are bright enough for easy viewing even in smoky or dark situations. The minimal “extra” feature to consider is an emergency battery backup; in case of a power outage, emergency battery backups make it possible for the light to still function and provide safety for those in the building. Even when all the main exits are covered, you must consider the possibility that occupants inside a building may not be near an emergency exit door or window. They will need guidance to reach safety. That is where emergency lighting comes in. These lights put out a great deal of light to offer illumination in even the darkest and smokiest circumstances so that people can reach exits quickly and safely.
Proper emergency lighting does not end with installation. Existing exit lights, safety lights, and emergency signage must be kept in good working order and occasionally updated to meet new fire codes. This means testing battery backups on a regular basis, replacing light bulbs when they burn out or break, and even performing regular cleaning to make sure the lights will give out the necessary amount of illumination when an emergency arises. For this reason, it is wise to find a reliable supplier of emergency lights that can help you with both new needs and ongoing maintenance requirements.
Many businesses think that exit lights, safety lights, and emergency signage are added expenses with which they do not want to bother. They will meet minimum requirements and then forget the situation. Nevertheless, in order to keep people safe inside your building, you need to take care to make sure the lights and signage will allow them to get out of the building during an emergency. It is the right thing to do. Find a company that can give you the equipment you need at a great price. It will make the process much easier.
Specialty lighting in retail sales is important for both customer attraction and safety. At 1000Bulbs.com, we offer lighting solutions to handle just about any part of a retail location. Task lighting options allow retail businesses to provide necessary light to cashiers at the front of the store, while elegant chandeliers can make a space an attractive place for customers to enjoy. Track lighting as well as recessed CFL and LED fixtures allow stores to highlight areas of their sales floor. Indirect lighting options can make window displays rival anyone else’s in town.
While the focus of any business is on the clientele, it is important to keep cashiers and other personnel in mind as well. Specialty lighting in retail sales starts with making sure employees can find things quickly. Retail businesses need lighting above the cash register that allows the cashiers to handle money and make sales quickly and efficiently. Lighting in stock rooms is also important for employees to find materials quickly and easily. Other areas of the store where personnel frequent should also have the right lighting needed to do one’s job to meet satisfaction levels.
Of course, clientele is still the first focus of any business, which is important to keep in mind when selecting specialty lighting. Retail businesses need to have general lighting, such as recessed CFL and LED fixtures. These fixtures not only allow customers to browse in comfort but also help avoid a situation where clients may hurt themselves due to inadequate lighting. Track lights and pendant lights allow retail businesses to focus light on a particular area for high-end items or special signage. Fitting rooms should also have the right amount of light to allow customers to see what they are trying on.
How retail businesses present themselves to the world is very important in retail sales. This means that their window displays must have the right lighting scheme as well. Track lighting, gimbals, and spotlights allow retail businesses to highlight whatever merchandise is in the front window. The entrance is just as important in that respect as well. Retail businesses can make an immediate statement with a spectacular chandelier right inside the shop door.
Aug 22, 11
As a form of recreational light, “glow sticks” are popular options for children who go out trick-or-treating on Halloween and are fun options at parties and other recreational events. However, they have many practical uses as well. They are great options for safety lighting and are popular devices for the military, law enforcement, and other emergency personnel. They are useful for signaling, illumination, surveying, perimeter control, and many other uses. Cyalume safety products has taken advantage of the glow stick’s potential as a safety product by creating a line of industrial and military-grade chemiluminescent “Lightbars.”
Cyalume Lightbars are single use products that contain non-toxic hydrogen peroxide and dye that produce a chemical luminescence when combined. Fresh out of the package, illuminating substances are separate. Generally, one is in a glass ampoule and the rest surrounds it. When the consumer wants to use it, they bend the stick to break the barriers between the substances. Another option is to shake it hard to make an encased steel ball do the work. As the substances begin to combine, they start to glow.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of Cyalume safety products is the fact that they are waterproof and non-toxic. This means they work in just about any weather condition and are always safe to use. Other benefits include consistent light output without needing batteries, shelf life of several years, and easy storage. When needed, they can start emitting light within seconds.
Among Cyalume’s products are military-grade 6-inch light sticks, high-brightness “Impact” Lightbars, and the LightStation and S.E.E. evacuation kits. Cyalume has also started making the SnapLight flare alternative, which is a non-toxic alternative to traditional road flares. For these products and more, visit 1000Bulbs.com.
Want to save energy but don’t like CFLs? You’re not alone. CFLs are among the most efficient, commercially available lighting sources, yet these bulbs aggravate many homeowners and business operators. Despite technological improvements, some still complain that CFLs do not dim well, flicker, or cast an unappealing light. Fortunately, those who find themselves among those who do not like CFLs have an alternative in halogen light bulbs.
Halogen bulbs offer a great deal of energy savings when compared with traditional incandescent bulbs. While slightly more expensive than their incandescent bulb counterparts, they offer a much longer life. The life hours of some infrared (IR) halogens are sometimes comparable to that of CFLs.
Not only do halogen bulbs offer long life, they also dim just like incandescent bulbs. Dimming switches not only create a comfortable and appealing light level, they also save energy. Switching from incandescent bulbs to halogen bulbs will alone save 10-20% in electricity costs, but dimming can equate to energy savings of 50-60%. Further dimming puts less stress on the bulb’s filament and can easily double the bulb’s life, resulting in even more future energy savings.
While CFLs are still preferred as energy-saving light sources, halogens can still be considered a suitable, if slightly less efficient alternative. To maximize savings, always dim light levels to the lowest comfortable setting and turn lights off when not in use.
Jun 20, 11
When looking through a selection of light bulbs, it can become confusing to compare different lamps to each other, but understanding bulb terms can help in finding the right lamps for the fixtures in a home or business. The following are the most basic terms to consider.
Wattage and Voltage: Watts and volts are sometimes mistaken as measurements of light output. This comes from the familiarity of people with the incandescent light bulb, which has been the standard in lighting for decades. This long history has trained the average homeowner to think of lighting an area in terms of whether it needs a 40, 60, or 100-watt bulb. Even today, manufacturers of CFLs and LED light bulbs tend to stress the incandescent equivalent wattage rather than the actual, much lower wattage of the bulb.
Lumens and Candlepower: As the lighting industry shifts away from incandescent lighting, it will become more and more important to focus on the actual light output of a bulb rather than how it compares to an incandescent light bulb. Lumens, also shown as lm, represent the actual amount of ambient light coming from a lamp. The higher the amount of lumens, the more “lit up” a room will be. Candlepower, on the other hand (measured in candelas), is a unit of measurement that stands for the luminous intensity going in a specific direction from a light source. The latter, usually seen on reflector-type bulbs, is most important when the actual “punch” of the concentrated beam of light is more important than how much of an area it illuminates.
Coloring Rendering Index (CRI) and Color Temperature (CCT): A bulb’s color rendering index is a representation of how well the lamp will reproduce colors. Lighting sources at the low end of the index, such as low-pressure sodium lamps (CRI 20-30) tend to wash out colors and are best used in commercial applications where accurate color rendering is not important. An incandescent or halogen light bulb, on the other hand, is considered to have a “perfect” CRI of 100. Linear fluorescents and compact fluorescents (CFLs) usually fall in the 80 to 90 range. While CRI represents how accurate a light source is, color temperature (represented in degrees Kelvin (K)) represents the character of the light source. At the low end, a color temperature of 2600-2700K creates a warm light character like that seen in incandescent bulbs; a higher color temperature of 4100-5500K creates a whiter light like that most often seen in office buildings.
Life Hours: Life hours represent the life expectancy of any given manufacturer’s light bulb. This, however, does not represent how long every bulb will last, but is rather the number of hours it took one-half of a batch of test lamps to burn out. Though this is a good indicator of a light bulb’s life, it is not a guarantee and should not be confused with a warranty.